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We're continually refining this stuff - with a big thanks to Dave (Dawg) Trude for his expertise, and to the Ed for enjoying this kind of shit as much as I do.

 

First was Wash's groundbreaking Key West stuff a couple of years back - then Mer and I in Miami. We played with the OTW stuff a bunch more, but it wasn't until Key West last year that I think we all figured out how many people were into it. With hundreds of Anarchists posting or calling other anarchists to post, we had eyes everywhere, and for those of us stuck behind a desk somewhere cold and bleak, it warmed us up and made us feel a little like we were getting splashed in the face with tradewind-driven swells. Something like 100,000 views of the threads from that week later, SA'ers caught on hard, and now we've got reports from distance races, the C-Cat Championships, the AC, hell - if it's on the water, and close enough to a cell-tower to post something, chances are you can find out about it in real time, here on SA.

 

Talk about a paradigm shift - all that time we were complaining that sailing could never command the kind of budgets that permit television coverage...all we had to do was change the medium.

 

Anarchy is the medium.

 

HOWEVER inexpensive this grassroots reporting is, it still costs money. The only real tangible costs are hardware and bandwidth. So we asked for help, and the kind folks at Rejex and Corrosion X decided that they wanted to be associated with this report. Why? Well, Rejex is a nice fit with a drysailed class like the Melges 24 because it's a slick-ass polish used by offshore powerboaters for its low drag and durability. Compared to the PTEF Teflon stuff that's pretty widely used in the M-24 class, Rejex is meant to be slicker and longer-lasting. We'll see - a few of our guys have applied it, and will be giving reviews down the road.

 

As for CorrosionX - I hadn't heard the name in a while, but I lived by it when I was delivering charter boats and, invariably, fixing oxidized, rusted, or galvanically destroyed shit that seems to be everywhere on a charter boat - especially one that's never really rinsed until it rains. It's sort of like a combination between WD-40 and Liquid Wrench, but works better than either at everything that either is intended to do. Do yourself a favor and take a look at the websites. While I only have anecdotal evidence of how good RejeX is, I swear by the other stuff - trust me on this one. Corrosion Technologies, the producer, will likely step in here shortly and introduce himself, so feel free to ask him questions on the Gear Anarchy forum. He's honest, he's a long time anarchist, and he's SA's newest advertiser, so be nice.

 

We're trying something new this time, and that's video, which is a bit of a memory hog. Check out the attached video - done gorgeously by the Rev Petey from Penalty Box Productions as a promo for the local newspaper and TV reporters, it's only 30 seconds long but a whopping 7 MB. That's not much if you're a porn addict with a big fat web pipe, but 7 MB for us mere mortals or, god forbid, those of us with an air card - that's a long download.

 

My point is this: We may stick up some larger files - both pics and movies. Check them out and enjoy them, and send them on to your friends - sailors and nonsailors alike. We'll try to only put up interesting stuff - starts, roundings, and Bayliners full of topless trailer-park girls from downriver if they happen to pass by - so that you don't have to waste time downloading boring-ass vids of a lone boat plodding upwind in light air...you get the hint.

 

So check this one out, and stay tuned for the morning. It's gonna be sweet!

m24_promo_1_Sequence_2_H.264_LAN_Streaming.mov

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Although I'd rather not have to do this, if I don't then it will be pretty much impossible for those of us on the water to report - we're on blackberries, GPRS-equipped laptops, and other slow technology, and we can't afford shitfights, stupid graphics posted, or other puerile crap. So please respect the following requests:

 

1) Post as often as you want. Ask questions, tell us who you're cheering for, tell us stories about someone racing here, whatever. It's always fun when there's a connection. Tell us a message for one of the teams...use your imagination. PLEASE DO NOT, however, start posting pics or anything else that's bandwidth-intensive unless you are ON THE COURSE. I suppose there could be an exceptional reason why you'd want to, so I haven't asked Dawg to disable non-reporters posts, so just respect it.

 

2) Please keep the shitfights to a minimum. As evidenced everyday, there are many places on SA to rip on people. Start a thread about how I'm a douchebag, or how you hate Napoleon Dynamite, or how Revenge is a little punk. I don't care. Just keep that shit out of here. I have zero patience for hijacks with the amount of effort we put into this. By the same token, if some dickhead comes in here and starts ripping on me, or the M-24 or whatever else, please don't get into it with them. Viewers just click the "report" button, I'll make a phone call, and that's one less IP address that will be visiting SA.

 

3) Those of you competing in the event - check in with your own info. Tell us how its been, and your impressions. If you haven't registered (and I know that too many haven't), take the two minutes and do it. If you're an employee of Melges or North or someone else afraid for your public image, pick an alias and don't give yourself away. Take a hint from the C-Class guys - just come in and mix it up. No one here will know or care. Remember that the Ed posts pretty much anything I send him about the Melges 24 class, and exposure on SA has been a real part of the growth of the class lately, so show him and the rest of SA some respect and join the party. He'd probably own one if there was any kind of real class in Scam Diego.

 

Here's where the smack-talking started around a month ago. A fun bit of background for you. It's not like you're going to get any work done today anyway...

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We'll have a shitload of people on the water. Mer will be shooting pics for this report, while Burnsy and Ziggy will be helping with video and typed reports along with me. L_Z will be on the photo boat with official Event Photographer Tim Wilkes (www.timwilkes.com) getting Tim nice and close to the action. Rob-John will be at markset, posting rounding order when we're not up there. There are quite a few more helpers on Saturday, when I hope the mother ship doesn't capsize with all the weight on the top deck.

 

There are literally dozens upon dozens of anarchists racing this event. This ain't no blue blazer crap - this is full-on war.

 

Here is the latest press release from the event, linked to the official site. Anarchist RumBlur has done a great job with the site, and is always on call at a second's notice to update. Go and check it out, along with the entry list and six other press releases to date. Starting tomorrow there'll be photos and videos and results and all kinds of goodies. Don't forget that much of the site is powered by L_Z's Yachtscoring.com - a great program.

 

SAILMAKER BATTLE HEATS UP AT NATIONALS

 

DETROIT, September 20, 2007 - Over twenty race teams hit the waters of the Detroit River today as crews prepared for what will likely be the most competitive U.S. National Championships ever seen in the Melges 24 Class. Both on the water and in the staging area, racers were sweating in the 85-degree heat, grateful that the organizers had opened up the weigh-in scales early this morning.

 

80 sailors gathered at the riverfront behind Bayview Yacht Club to hear sailmaker and current World Champion Dave Ullman deliver a lively seminar about getting the most out of the rig and sails of this hot sportboat. After more than 90 minutes of discussion, the teams boarded their boats and headed out for 3 hours of short race drills in 5 to 7 knots of breeze from the East. The sight of almost two dozen of the thoroughbred race boats was enough to stop passing powerboats in their tracks, while Melges crews concentrated on boatspeed and the coaching tips that Ullman gave from a crash boat driven by clinic sponsor John Woodruff (Latis Yachting), sometimes following only inches from their sterns. As if Dave's coaching wasn't enough, Luiz Kahl (Yachtscoring.com) drove builder and former World Champ Harry Melges III around in his own RIB, offering the competitors tips that even Ullman might not have known.

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I'm jetting to BYC immediately after class. Should be there by 2:15 or so. Anyone wanna give me a ride to the course for a couple hours so I can watch/ take some photos/ support the BYC boys?

 

Let me know if you can help a brother out.

 

Cheers!

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Pre race report from Burnsy has ND shitting his pants after flooding his outboard. I guess merlot isn't a suitable fuel after all. Luckily he had a spare.

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Weather for today looks like it will start light and eventually build to maybe 7kts or so by the mid afternoon, out of the South the whole day. Tomorrow looks to be the best wind for the regatta with wind out of the NW starting at 12-14kts and diminishing to half of that as the afternoon progresses. Forecast for Sunday is no wind.

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Last I knew Kuli was "2'th Max"ing it in Detroit...

 

Good choice. Russki make boat go fast.

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Burnsey is here???

 

Anyway, This is RJ on station on the center RC boat. I'll be doing the scoring so as soon as the papers

are handed to me, you all will see the scores start to pop up on Yacht Scoring

 

Right now it's a bit overcast. Boats are making their way out. I'm learning how to do RC work. For some reason

they keep telling me that we need to keep the X flag handy. No clue why :lol:

 

I promise to have more as things happen. I don't think I have a job during the race, so I'll have plenty of time to sit on my ass and tell you all about it.

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Have fun gang, I'll be down at CSYC for festivities tonight after the Mac awards.

 

GO RUM BLUR

 

Cut em'

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I'm not gonna get any work done today.

 

Go EVERYBODY!

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This is just wonderful... we have not just a fisherman, but a fisherman in a pontoon boat anchored

just to the south of the start line by a few hundred feet.

 

You'd think he'd get the idea with all these boats around him.

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This is just wonderful... we have not just a fisherman, but a fisherman in a pontoon boat anchored

just to the south of the start line by a few hundred feet.

 

You'd think he'd get the idea with all these boats around him.

 

It's his lake too, but if you send POD by him, the sheer stench will scare him (and the fish) away.

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It's his lake too, but if you send POD by him, the sheer stench will scare him (and the fish) away.

I guess that asshole does have a purpose in life.

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We're on station as well, in a 45' Viking with booze, beer, shrimp and tenderloin. Ridiculous. Then again, my father-in-law is aboard. On one hand, he's a local celebrity broadcaster, so I'm doing my job well...on the other, he's my father in law.

 

I'm going to start up another thread for the Day 1 report. It's going to be a bit before the wind settles in completely, although I'm seeing a solid 3-4 on the course, already out of 210 degrees.

 

I'll put my picks here:

 

1) Hardesty

2) Ullman

3) Ivey

4) Gulari

5) Campbell

 

Check the Day 1 thread in a few minutes. I want to keep everything organized a bit.

 

Thanks for tuning in.

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Looks like we're going to lay the course.

 

I wanna change my name to maverick for this weekend... I keep hearing "goose goose" over the radio...

that's one of the mark boats.

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Looks like we're going to lay the course.

 

I wanna change my name to maverick for this weekend... I keep hearing "goose goose" over the radio...

that's one of the mark boats.

You out with Gordon? Tell him Shife says hi.

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Hey Clean,

 

Thanks for the kind intro! Wish I was up there with you guys this weekend, but I've got my own race to win Saturday (we're up by 2 in our club series, so if I skipped, it'd be the end of me).

 

Anyway, just glad that RejeX.com could be in a position to be a part of all this. Hopefully, it'll be the first of many. Good luck to all the racers!

 

If any of you Anarchists are interested in shinier, slicker, faster boats and wouldn't mind your dock mates turning green with envy... Or if you'd like more reliable electronics, hate corrosion, squeaks, and wouldn't mind easier to operate and longer-lasting winches, blocks, cars, tracks, locks, switches, nav lights and whatnot... I'm your boy.

 

Always happy to blow off work to talk about sailboats!

 

J.D.

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